Fans of Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil recordings have already been introduced to Brazilian singer/guitarist Rosa Passos.
Fans of Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil recordings have already been introduced to Brazilian singer/guitarist Rosa Passos. Now, she makes her Sony Classical debut with a tribute to Brazilian legend and fellow Bahia native João Gilberto. Accompanying her are a wonderful cadre of colleagues that includes iconic 87-year-old French singer Henri Salvador, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, percussionist Cyro Baptista and Ma himself. Passos revisits several classic tunes from Gilberto's own 1977 "Amoroso" album, as well as such intercontinental favorites as "Besame Mucho," Charles Trenet's "Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours" (with Salvador) and Gershwin classic "S'Wonderful." Passos sings with a disarmingly girlish tone but is a true bossa nova pro, with a veteran's sense of phrasing. She has immense warmth and sweetness, and slipping this memorable disc into the stereo feels like inviting an old friend to come in and stay awhile.—AT